State Sen. Larry Farnese issued the following statement on the Senate passage of 2012-13 state budget legislation (Senate Bill 1466), which passed by a 39-8 vote today.

Today, I voted against the $27.6 billion budget because an increase of less than two percent over last year’s devastating budget cuts is just not enough for our families and children.

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Sen. Farnese discusses why he voted against the state budget. With him are (left to right) Sens. Anthony H. Williams and Mike Stack.

Sure the budget makes significant restorations to education, county human service programs, the Accountability Block Grant, early learning programs and libraries.  But this budget needs to do more for communities, families and children.  The Republicans refused to restore cuts to everything from cancer screening to child care services, and they wouldn’t restore funds for Adult Basic Health Insurance, the General Assistance transition grants and charter school funding, which would do so much for the School District of Philadelphia’s bottom line.

This budget was balanced on the backs of the vulnerable so I voted no, and I will continue to vote no, until the budget represents the needs of the entire commonwealth, not just the needs of some.

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